~Westport WiNG™ Power System for F-Series Trucks Will be Sold, Serviced by Authorized Ford Dealers~
VANCOUVER, Sept. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - Westport Innovations Inc. (TSX: WPT)
(NASDAQ: WPRT), the global leader in natural gas engines announced
today that the new natural gas Westport WiNG™ Power System (WiNG™) will
be available in the popular Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickup
trucks sold and serviced through authorized Ford dealers. The F-250 and
F-350 pickup trucks, based on Ford's new 6.2L hardened engine platform,
can also run on ordinary gasoline and offer unparalleled drivability.
As part of the product launch with Ford Super Duty Pickup Trucks,
Westport LD has unveiled the new WiNG™ system, an advanced, integrated,
bi-fuel system for passenger and commercial vehicles targeting fleet
"We're seeing strong customer interest across the spectrum from fleets
of all shapes and sizes for a factory-validated product, as more and
more owners understand the economic and operational benefits of a
cleaner fuel that's sourced right here in North America," said Ian
Scott, President of Westport LD.
"The WiNG™ system is specifically designed to deliver best-in-class
performance, reliability and efficiency," noted John Lapetz, Managing
Director, North American Vehicle Programs at Westport LD. "Our
customers will benefit from the best natural gas technology in the
industry along with the confidence and quality of the Ford name and the
strength of their dealer network."
The Ford F-250 and F-350 pickups with the bi-fuel Westport WiNG™ Power
System have undergone the same rigorous Original Equipment Manufacturer
(OEM) testing for safety and durability required for all OEM products.
Engineered at the new Westport technical facility in Plymouth Michigan,
WiNG™ systems will be installed and the trucks will be ready to roll
when they reach authorized Ford dealers. They are designed to meet both
EPA 2012 and CARB 2012 standards.
Westport will demonstrate the WiNG™-powered F-250 through a "ride and
drive" at the Green Fleets conference in Grapevine, Texas on October 3rd and 4th and at the Natural Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA) conference in Fort
Worth, Texas on October 20th to 23rd. The F-250 and F-350 pickup trucks are expected to ship in the second
quarter of 2012.
The F-Series has been America's bestselling truck line for more than 30
years. The economics and performance of natural gas powered trucks
provide an ideal application for utility companies, delivery, and
energy-industry fleets, as well as government and transit operators.
For more information on the natural gas Ford pickup trucks and the
Westport WiNG™ Power System, go to www.westport-ld.com.
About Westport Innovations Inc.
Westport Innovations Inc. is a global leader in alternative fuel,
low-emissions technologies that allow engines to operate on
clean-burning fuels such as compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied
natural gas (LNG), hydrogen, and renewable natural gas (RNG) fuels such
as landfill gas. Our unique technologies reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx),
particulate matter (PM), and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). The
Company focuses on three distinct categories or target markets -
light-, medium-, and heavy-duty - through Westport business units or
joint ventures. Westport LD is focused on light-duty automotive
systems, components and engines, including 2.4L engines for industrial
applications such as forklifts and oilfield service. Cummins Westport
(CWI), a joint venture with Cummins, sells the world's broadest range
of low-emissions alternative fuel engines for commercial urban fleets
such as buses, refuse trucks and vocational vehicles. Westport Heavy
Duty (Westport HD) is engaged in the engineering, design and marketing
of natural gas-enabling technology for the heavy-duty diesel engine and
truck market. To learn more about our business, visit our website or
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Note: This document contains forward-looking statements about Westport's
business, operations, technology development or the environment in
which it operates, including statements regarding the timing for
shipment of the F-250 and F-350 trucks. These statements are based on
Westport's estimates, forecasts and projections. These statements are
not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and
uncertainties that are difficult to predict, or are beyond Westport's
control. Consequently, readers should not place any undue reliance on
such forward-looking statements. In addition, these forward-looking
statements relate to the date on which they are made. Westport
disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information,
future events or otherwise.
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